By Tenelle Porter, Character Lab scientist-in-residence and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis

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Published as a part of a collaboration between McGraw-Hill and Character Lab, where this piece first appeared. Character Lab advances scientific insights that help kids thrive (you can watch a short video here). By connecting researchers with educators, Character Lab seeks to create greater knowledge about the conditions that lead to social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being for young people throughout the country.

“When we set out upon the search for truth we should not assume that we already know for certain what truth is…”

— Mary McLeod Bethune

Why does intellectual humility matter?

When you approach life with intellectual humility, you open your mind to learning. You are able to learn from opposing views and have more constructive discussions, even when you disagree. …

Part Six of our Series: Studying for Success

By Dr. Jeff Borden, Executive Director — Institute for Inter-Connected Education

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I would like you to consider the social contract regarding listening. …

How One School District Reopened Schools Safely and Successfully

By Dr. Gerald Paterson, Principal in New Jersey

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“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.” -George Washington

The summer of 2020 was like no other summer as we planned for an upcoming school year. If we were to return back to school in-person, I, as an elementary principal for over 10 years, had to shelve many learned behaviors and normal routines to make my school safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

To return back to school in-person five days a week Clarence B. Lamb Elementary School and in the North Hanover Township School District, implementing safety precautions, adhering to CDC guidelines, focusing on students’ social and emotional learning, and most importantly TEAMWORK throughout the school community had to be at the forefront for educators and students.


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